The David Roberts oral history collection was created by Roberts, an Atlanta University student, in the summer of 1973. The interviews were for a history seminar taught by Dr.Clarence Bacote (HIS 406: Introductory Graduate Course in United States History). Roberts interviewed members of Atlanta’s African American community who were born in the late 19th century. Most of the subjects were Georgia natives and a few were graduates of Atlanta University Center schools. He asked them to discuss their memories of various prominent African Americans and events, as well as living conditions for African Americans in the first half of the 20th century. He generally asked them the same questions and let them elaborate at will. He was especially interested in segregation and race relations, and asked about the way African Americans were treated in the justice system, hospitals, and in the workplace. He also asked about their memories of Atlanta specifically, including the riot of 1906, Ku Klux Klan visits, and Booker T. Washington High School, the first high school for African Americans in Atlanta.
Submissions from 1973
Miles Greene Amos, David Roberts and Miles Greene Amos
Leona Florence Carter, David Roberts and Leona Florence Carter
Josephine H. Dibble Murphy, David Roberts and Josephine H. Dibble Murphy
Thomas Jefferson Flanagan, David Roberts and Thomas Jefferson Flanagan
Martin Luther King Sr., David Roberts and Martin Luther King Sr.
Homer E. Nash, David Roberts and Homer E. Nash
Henrietta Parker, David Roberts and Henrietta Parker
A.W. Parks, David Roberts and A W. Parks
Mary J. Todd McKenzie, David Roberts and Mary J. Todd McKenzie
Bertie Wallace, David Roberts and Bertie Wallace